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Dante Exum to miss 1-2 months with calf strain

That’s suboptimal.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Orlando Magic Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

The injuries woes keep coming for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Cavs guard Dante Exum is going to miss 1-2 months with a strained right calf. Exum hurt his calf on Monday night against the Orlando Magic less than a minute into the game and immediately hopped off of the floor on one foot.

Exum had settled into a key role with the Cavs as a backup point guard first and then as the starting small forward in the last two games. As a ball mover and secondary creator, Exum was a needed presence. And, considering his injury history, it was good to see him playing well. If Exum misses a month, a return around Feb. 3 (Cavs-Clippers) or Feb. 5 (Cavs-Bucks) would be possible. If it’s too months, he won’t be back until March. And, due to the NBA’s COVID-19 scheduling protocols, the last game currently scheduled is on March 3.

Now, however, that’s on hold and Cleveland adds another name an injury report that already includes Kevin Love, Kevin Porter Jr., Darius Garland, Matthew Dellavedova and Dylan Windler. The one bit of good news is that Isaac Okoro appears on track to return from a foot sprain on Wednesday.

Exum appeared in six games before the injury, averaging 3.8 points and 2.2 assists in 19.3 minutes per game.